Maybe you’ve heard of sleep apnea. Maybe you haven’t. Regardless, if it isn’t something you think could affect you, unfortunately… you’re wrong. Sleep apnea can occur in anyone, regardless of age, gender, race, or overall health. There’s good news though. It’s incredibly easy to remedy!
What’s more, if, like many people, you’ve been dealing with sleep apnea for years without realizing it, fixing your sleep apnea with a CPAP machine will result in the best sleep of your life, guaranteed. It’s like putting a pair of glasses on for the first time after having poor vision for years! But I’m getting ahead of myself here. First of all…
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a disorder characterized by sudden stopping and starting of breathing during sleep. This can simply be due to relaxation of the muscles in the back of your throat (obstructive sleep apnea), your brain failing to communicate properly with your breathing muscles (central sleep apnea), or a combination of the two processes (complex sleep apnea).
Sleep apnea occurs more frequently in older adults, but it can happen to anyone. Even children can experience sleep apnea! The tricky part about it is, you may be living with sleep apnea without even realizing it. Luckily, CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines, devices that remedy sleep apnea, are both affordable and easy to use!
So, let’s get into the five reasons why you should get tested…
1. Anyone Can Have Sleep Apnea
You might think you aren’t at risk for sleep apnea because you’re young, but you’re wrong. While certain factors can put you at a higher risk (obesity, old age, smoking, and diabetes, to name a few), literally anyone can have sleep apnea, from young children to pro athletes to movie stars to the clerk at your local convenience store.
It’s also difficult to know you have sleep apnea if you don’t get tested because when it happens, well… you’re asleep! It’s estimated that 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, and 80% of moderate to severe cases remain undiagnosed!
Don’t sweat, though. Like we mentioned above, it’s easy to remedy. There are plenty of CPAP masks and machines available to create a convenient CPAP nightstand setup. That way, you simply pop your mask on when you hit the hay, and that’s that.
2. Testing is Incredibly Simple
No, no, sleep apnea testing is nothing like the dreaded COVID-19 “long stick poking your brain through your nostril” test. While it depends on what your physician recommends for your individual situation, many sleep apnea tests can be self-administered at home!
You simply wear a small monitor overnight. This records your breathing, oxygen levels, and other vital signs while you sleep to see if you’re getting adequate oxygen each night. Most tests last only a single night, and they’re quite cheap, but typically are covered by insurance anyway.
3. Fixing Sleep Apnea Is Easy and Affordable with CPAP
CPAP machines are extremely easy to use. Essentially, these devices increase the air pressure in your throat to prevent your airway from collapsing when you inhale, ensuring you get enough oxygen with each breath while you’re asleep. A small mask is fitted over your face, and air is delivered via a hose. An added bonus: these machines also decrease snoring!
Finding the best CPAP mask and machine for you can take time, because there are so many great ones to choose from. Luckily, here at Snooze Clinic, we don’t just have CPAP machines for sale, we have the best CPAP filters, CPAP supplies, CPAP mask liners, CPAP cleaner products and more to ensure you have the best CPAP machine setup at home! Everything from CPAP battery backup kits to CPAP hose holder accessories can be found right here at the Snooze Clinic, and we can help you figure out exactly what CPAP setup is right for you.
It’s worth noting, unlike other sleep apnea treatment options, CPAP machine side effects are minimal. While they do occur, they’re largely quite minor, consisting of things like dry nose and sore throat, skin and eye irritation, and nasal congestion. Compare that to the dangers of not fixing your sleep apnea (high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, and more), and it’s a pretty easy tradeoff.
4. You’ll start having the best sleep of your life, every night!
Until you’ve tried a CPAP machine, you won’t be able to imagine how much better you could be sleeping each night if you were getting the oxygen you needed. CPAP machines don’t just fix sleep apnea, they help you get more rest, sleeping deeper than you ever have before. Waking up after CPAP is like being reborn. It’s like a bear coming out of hibernation after the end of a long winter, or Count Dracula waking up after snoozing in his coffin for a few hundred years.
Look, let’s just say that a single night’s sleep with CPAP is more rejuvenating and refreshing than a dozen nights of sleep without it.
5. Good Sleep = Good Living
In 2020, CPAP machines are portable, easy to clean, and extremely simple to use. The days of clunky, cumbersome sleep machines are long gone. A CPAP machine doesn’t just improve your sleep, it improves every aspect of your life. Why? Well, good sleep leads to good health, good mentality, and good living all around. You’ll be surprised at the myriad benefits you’ll experience once you start using a CPAP machine to treat your sleep apnea. What’s more, just because you use a CPAP doesn’t mean you’re limited in any way. Travel CPAP setups are easy to manage, you can take a CPAP machine with you just about anywhere.
In short, fixing potential sleep apnea will only have a positive impact overall on your life, so there’s no reason not to get tested today!